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Preview: Photo Historica Photography Sale, Santa Fe, New Mexico

In Art Fair on June 21, 2019 at 3:34 pm

It’s time for one of the more unique annual photography sales to take center stage – Photo Historica, in Santa Fe. Every year the event is put on by the Daguerreian Society.

The Photo Historica 2019 Photography Sale  is a unique opportunity to purchase handmade photographs from contemporary photographers. Only photographs created with historic and alternative process techniques will be for sale. The photographers will be there in person to display their photographs and answer questions.  There will also be a kid’s photo corner for making cyanotype photograms, large format cameras on display, lecture on the history of photographic processes, and a demonstration of Platinum & Palladium printing.

The sale begins July 5th and concludes July 7th. In addition, for those interested, The Daguerreian Society has now started to take registration for their Symposium later this year in Kansas City.

For More Information: Photo Historica

For More Information: Symposium

Preview: Eye of The Century, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leica Gallery LA/ Peter Fetterman Gallery, Los Angeles

In Gallery on May 20, 2019 at 10:25 am

Siphnos, Greece, 1961, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Image via Peter Fetterman Gallery

Peter Fetterman Gallery has been particularly excited to announce a collaboration with Leica Gallery LA. The gallery will be displaying rare and iconic works by the world famous Henri Cartier-Bresson.

To tell Henri Cartier-Bresson’s story and to unravel his work is essentially to tell the story of a look. Throughout the 20th century, this roaming, lucid eye has captured the fascination of Africa in the 1920’s, crossed the tragic fortunes of Spanish republicans, accompanied the liberation of Paris, caught a weary Gandhi just hours before his assassination, and witnessed the victory of the communists in China. Henri Cartier-Bresson was also Jean Renoir’s assistant on three major films, an artist who sees himself an artisan but who nevertheless established Magnum, the most prestigious of all photo agencies, and who immortalised his major contemporaries : Mauriac in a state of mystical levitation, Giacometti, Sartre, Faulkner or Camus, and as many more all taken at the decisive moment, all portraits for eternity.

– Pierre Assouline, Henri Cartier-Bresson, l’oeil du siècle, Folio / Gallimard

Seemingly present at nearly every significant event during his period of work, Cartier-Bresson transcended the world of photography. The exhibit will open June 13th and conclude July 31st, 2019.

For More Information: Leica Gallery LA

Notable: International Center of Photography is Moving

In Black and White Photography on May 17, 2019 at 6:32 pm

International Center of Photography

The International Center of Photography has been doings this year that will make major impacts moving forward. It will be joining a fully integrated center at Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side of New York.

We have sold our space at 250 Bowery (though Your Mirror and For Freedoms remain on view through June 16!) and have finalized the purchase of the Essex property. We are continuing construction and plan to open our new permanent home in January 2020!

With this move, our unified School and Museum—our center—will become the cultural anchor of Essex Crossing and reinforce our ties with the vibrant Lower East Side arts community. In addition, the neighborhood’s history as a center of immigration and documentary and creative work-making align with our goal to serve as a center for our community to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and catalysts for social change.

In advance of this significant move, we will transition our educational programs and staff to the second floor of the Grace Building at 1114 Avenue of the Americas, adjacent to our current Midtown location.

Since this space will not be fully operational until mid-August, we are unable to hold on-campus summer classes in 2019. We will offer online classes as well as a modified schedule of off-campus classes at partner locations. Our Continuing Education fall term, starting September 7, 2019, will be the first classes held here.

For More Information: International Center of Photography 

Preview: Ellis Island Revealed, Honky-Tonk Explored, Various Artists, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC

In Gallery on May 14, 2019 at 11:19 am

Soho Photo Gallery has a particularly enticing show now on display, featuring works from several extremely talented photographers.

Lee Backer – Detained at the Golden Door: The Unseen Side of Ellis Island

The hospital complex on the south side of Ellis Island stands in a state of decay that began when Ellis Island closed its doors in 1954. Despite the crackled walls, bare floors, and painted surfaces dulled by time, the deserted rooms and corridors of the Contagious and Infectious Diseases section still speak of the immigrants detained there to await their fate. Some recovered sufficiently to enter America; others were returned to their homelands.

Allan Markman – The Lathe of Time

Objects that I scavenge for my photographs are transformed by time and exposure to the elements. Often the changes to their patina and form render them unrecognizable. Detritus found on the beach are sculpted, quite literally, by the sands of time. When these objects are combined, often with flora, the produced synergistic effect is rendered harmonious because they all have been subjected to the constant and relentless lathe of time.

R. Wayne Parsons – Portals

Portals take us to the unusual, or the unexpected, or the familiar seen in a new way. While the square with the white border that has been rotated 45 degrees provides continuity, the diversity of subjects in the images reflects the incredible variety of our world. The series is sufficiently ambiguous to allow multiple interpretations. One can’t go astray by approaching the series with a sense of play, both serious and frivolous.

Chad Schaefer – Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Loud, Loud Music

Waylon Jennings said “the honky-tonks of Texas were my natural second home…” and that is where traditional honky tonk music is still alive – in rundown little beer joints. The people who play, listen, dance and live the lifestyle, as if time had stood still, don’t change wherever you go  – whether it’s the Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin, TX, or Skinny Dennis in Brooklyn, NY. I’ve spent the past ten years capturing this world on film using vintage cameras and flashbulbs to give the images a timeless feel.

Seena Sussman – It Was Two Floors Up: Times Square Boxing Gym

About 30 years ago, through a grimy window in Times Square, I saw two shadowy figures dancing about. I climbed the stairs to discover “The Times Square Boxing Gym” run by a former “Golden Glover,” Jimmy Glenn. For a few months, Jimmy allowed me access to produce a photo essay of the rituals that make a boxer. This gym —     which hosted some of the greats —     closed in 1994.
The exhibit will be available for viewing until June 1st.
For More Information: Soho Photo Gallery

Preview: Nude Compositions, Han Nguyen, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Gallery on May 13, 2019 at 11:15 am
Han Nguyen Nude Compositions

Image by Han Nguyen, via Joseph Bellows Gallery

Han Nguyen’s intricately layered nude compositions are now on display at Joseph Bellows Gallery.

The exhibition will present a selection of Nguyen’s small-scale black and white photographs, which are comprised of varying layers of imagery that present the nude figure within a field of relating forms and tones, while referencing art history.  Included in the exhibition will also be a large-scale color piece from the series.

Nguyen’s delicate and transformative imagery investigates beauty, perception, and the medium itself through modest working methods that employ pinhole cameras, fabricated studio arrangements, collage, photogram image-making processes, and subtle color toning and print masking procedures.

His photographs have been celebrated with exhibitions at the Museum of Photographic Arts, The George Eastman Museum, the San Diego Central Library, and several solo and numerous group exhibitions at Joseph Bellows Gallery. Nguyen’s work was included in the traveling exhibitions Picturing Eden and Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California, both with an accompanying catalog.  His work is in the collections of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, and the Museum of Photographic Arts.

The exhibit is open to public viewing until June 14th.

For More Information: Joseph Bellows Gallery

Preview: Subject: Contact, Bruce Davidson, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY

In Gallery on May 8, 2019 at 8:17 pm
Brooklyn Gang, Bruce Davidson

Brooklyn Gang, Bruce Davidson

Straight from one of the most idyllic eras of American history, Bruce Davidson’s unfiltered works from the 50s and 60s are on display at Howard Greenberg Gallery.

BRUCE DAVIDSON, SUBJECT: CONTACT will present contact sheets in context with vintage prints from four seminal projects from the 1950s and ‘60s—Circus, Brooklyn Gang, Time of Change, and East 100th Street —illustrating Davidson’s connection to some of the 20th century’s most important social, cultural, and political moments. The exhibition will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from May 2 through June 15, with an opening reception attended by the artist to be held on Thursday, May 2 from 6-8 p.m.

Poetic and profound, powerful and tender, Davidson’s work derives its strength from the unique and long-lasting relationships he developed with his subjects, first gaining their trust, then allowing them to open up to him and his camera, before documenting their lives. “I stand to the side respectfully until I am invited in,” Davidson has said. “There is a lot of patience and stillness in the making of a photograph.”

Providing a rare glimpse into the photographer’s immersive process, Davidson’s contact sheets from each series will be presented together with a selection of related vintage prints, allowing viewers to see the connection between images in sequence as a work in progress and how the photographer made his final selections.

The exhibit opened on May 2nd and will be up for public viewing until June 15th, 2019.

For More Information: Howard Greenberg Gallery

Notable: Peter Fetterman Gallery Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

In Black and White Photography on April 28, 2019 at 10:55 am

Duke Ellington, Olympia Theater, Paris, 1958, by Herman Leonard. Image via Peter Fetterman Gallery

Few things are as pure cool as the classic lounge with dim lights, a smoky haze, and the sounds of jazz playing in your ears. Peter Fetterman Gallery agrees, celebrating with some classic photos taken from jazz’s heyday.

Jazz holds a special place in our hearts here at the gallery. Early on, the genre reinvigorated the American sound of the time, bringing forth a grand rhythm that thrived on improvisation and syncopation. Through the keys of the piano, the reed of the saxophone, or the harmony of the vocal cords, amongst many other instruments, each musician offered a window into their thoughts and emotions. To no surprise, such performances were of fascination to some of the greatest photographers of our time. Please enjoy below a wonderful group of images that celebrate the legacy and impact of Jazz through the lens of a special group of artists.
Happy Jazz Appreciation Month!

Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, & Benny Goodman, by Herman Leonard, 1948. Image via Peter Fetterman Gallery

For More Information: Peter Fetterman Gallery

Notable: Participate in The Photo Review’s 35th Annual Competition

In Contest on April 17, 2019 at 11:47 am

image via the Photo Review, First Prize Winner 2018, B. Proud, Owen and Blue Transgender Men

It’s officially time. The Photo Review is now taking applicants for its 35th annual International Photography Competition.

Noted critic, curator, and writer Lyle Rexer will be the juror for the 2019 Photo Review Photography Competition. He is the author of several books on art and photography, including The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009) and Photography’s Antiquarian Avant Garde: the New Wave in Old Processes (2002). In addition, he has published numerous catalogue essays and articles on art, architecture, and photography and contributed to such publications as The New York Times, Art in America, Aperture, Parkett, BOMB, and DAMn. As a curator, he has organized exhibitions in the United States and internationally, most recently The Edge of Vision, a selection of contemporary abstract photography. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is a columnist for Photograph magazine.

The Photo Review, a highly acclaimed critical journal of photography, is sponsoring its 35th annual photography competition with a difference. Instead of only installing an exhibit that would be seen by a limited number of people, The Photo Review will reproduce accepted entries in its 2018 competition issue and on its website. Thus, the accepted photographs will be seen by thousands of people all across the world and entrants will have a tangible benefit from the competition. Also, the prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Plus numerous Editor’s Selections will be exhibited in several Photo Review web galleries.

Prizes will include a $500 dollar purchase prize from Haverford College or Blue Flower, a Wacom Intuos tablet, camera bags, prints, and much more. The submission deadline is May 31, 2019.

For More Information: The Photo Review International Photography Competition

Notable: Sarah Greenough Wins The AIPAD Award

In Exhibits on April 15, 2019 at 11:39 am

Keith F. Davis

Back in 2017, AIPAD established the AIPAD award to honor visionaries and those most dedicated to the field of photography. This year, during the associations annual Photography Show lead up, the award was presented to Sarah Greenough.

Sarah Greenough is senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and has been responsible for establishing and growing the National Gallery’s collection of photographs, which now numbers more than 17,000 works made between 1839 and the present. She also established the program for photography at the National Gallery.

During her time at the National Gallery, she has organized numerous notable exhibitions, including those focused on the work of Alfred Stieglitz, André Kertész, Irving Penn, Robert Frank, and Allen Ginsberg, all of which have also traveled to museums around the world.

Greenough is the author of many publications, including Walker Evans: Subways and Streets (1991), Robert Frank: Moving Out(1994), Harry Callahan (1996), Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set (2002), All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860 (2004), with Malcolm Daniel and Gordon Baldwin, The Altering Eye: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art (2015), with Sarah Kennel, Andrea Nelson, Diane Waggoner, and Philip Brookman, and author and editor of My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Volume One, 1915-1933, Yale University Press (2011).

Her exhibitions and publications have won many awards, including the International Center of Photography Publications Awardfor On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: 150 Years of Photography and the George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award for Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set for outstanding art publication of the year. In 2007, Greenough and co-author Diane Waggoner won the College Art Association’s Alfred H. Barr, Jr. award for outstanding museum scholarship for their exhibition catalog, The Art of the American Snapshot: 1888–1978. In 2009, Greenough won the Outstanding Museum Catalogue of the Year from the Association of Art Museum Curators’ awardfor Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans,” and in 2010 she won the International Center for Photography’s Infinity Award for Publications for the same publication.

The previous winners of the award had been Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Sandra Phillips, longtime curator of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. For more information about the award and a recap of this years Photography Show, click the link below.

For More Information: The Photography Show


Notable: Call For Entries, 2019 National Juried Competition, Soho Photo Gallery

In Contest on March 20, 2019 at 11:00 am
geralyn-shukwith photo

2018 Winning Photo by Geralyn Shukwit, via Soho Photo Gallery


It’s time for the nation’s photographers to get their competitive juices flowing once more. Soho Photo Gallery, with the help of Archival Methods, has announced that it is now accepting entrances to its long running National Juried Competition. The deadline is May 1st, 2019.

About the competition:

Soho Photo Gallery, New York City’s longest running cooperative photography gallery, is pleased to announce its 24th National Juried Competition. All photo-based works are eligible for this competition with no limitation as to subject matter or technique. Our juror, Julie Grahame, will choose approximately 40 photographs for exhibition in our gallery, located in lower Manhattan.
The Juror:

Julie Grahame is the publisher of, a full-screen photography magazine, and the associated aCurator blog, one of the ten best photo sites named by the British Journal of Photography and one of’s top 20. She has represented the Estate of Yousuf Karsh for licensing for 15 years and maintains Karsh’s online presence. Grahame is a consultant for photographers of all levels; a portfolio reviewer, writer and speaker. She is vice president of the American Photography Archives Group (APAG),and a contributing writer for PDN’s Emerging Photographer and EDU magazines. In a former life, she ran the Retna photo agency.
Eligibility: The competition is open to all photographers age 18 years old or older, excluding members of Soho Photo Gallery.

All submission are made by uploading to

Awards: The awards include cash prizes from SPG for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Up to four Honorable Mentions will also be chosen and receive gifts provided by our sponsors.

Interested in competing? Wait no longer with this link to the competition.
For More Information: 2019 National Juried Competition